January 2019 Hideout Residency


December 11, 2018

Billie Howard, High Concept Labs

Sullivan Davis, The Hideout



Month-long artist performance series celebrates creative collaborations that cross disciplines and strengthen Chicago’s creative community



CHICAGO — High Concept Labs (HCL), an innovative arts service organization based in Pilsen, and the Hideout, a historic neighborhood bar and performance venue located in Chicago’s North Branch Industrial Corridor, today announced HCL’s new Hideout Residency Series, taking place throughout January 2019.

Featuring dynamic, multi-artist performances held at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia Ave), the four-week series showcases the work of HCL’s current and past resident artists in celebration of the organization’s 10th year collaborating with artists and organizations across Chicago to strengthen the city’s creative community.

“When High Concept Labs was first founded in 2009, our first studios were located right across the street from the Hideout – one of Chicago’s most important independent venues and an organization we’ve long counted as a partner in our mission to transform the creative sector by providing an open pathway between artists and communities,” said Bille Howard, artistic director of HCL. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate 2019 as HCL’s 10th anniversary year than partnering with the Hideout to showcase the work of our artists.”

Originally built as a boarding house in 1881, the Hideout was established as a legal bar in 1934, operated by the same family for decades until it was sold to its current owners in 1996. Since then, the Hideout has become one of the longest-running “rebel clubs” in Chicago, regularly hosting a diverse range of guests, musicians, and artists from Chicago and around the world.

“We’re proud to partner with High Concept Labs for this series of innovative performances,” said Sullivan Davis, Talent Buyer of the Hideout. “HCL has been a long-time friend (even a close neighbor at one point) to the Hideout and its artists represent the the independent values of creativity and collaboration that advance culture in Chicago and make it an integral part of the Hideout’s and Chicago’s community.”


The Hideout Residency Series performances include:

Jan. 8, 2019, 9:00PM

  • Jeanette Andrews (Sponsored Artist Fall 2016) is a contemporary magician and artist who specializes in creating interactive sensory illusions. Visual Artists Ryan Peter Miller and Marco Rosichelli together form the conceptual-based collaborative LlaboratoryCo (Sponsored Artist Spring 2016) to create installations, interventions, and performances. Julia A. Miller is a sound artist, guitarist, and improvisor who performs in the band Volcano Radar. She is also the CEO and President of Delmark Records (Sponsored Artist Summer 2011, Artistic Advisory Council).
  • http://highconceptlabs.org/event/hideout1/

Jan. 15, 2019, 9:00PM

    • Amanda Gutierrez (HCL Artistic Advisory Council) is a performance, sound, and new media artist based in New York City working with the concepts of home, memory, and landscape. Marcela Torres (Sponsored Artist Fall 2018) is a “social strategist” who brings performance, objects, workshops, and sound installations into her art. Andy Slater (Institutional Incubation Program) is a legally blind musician, audio engineer, author, and disabilities advocate who creates “sound maps” and plays with the band Velcro Lewis Group. Andy will also DJ throughout the night.
    • http://highconceptlabs.org/event/hideout2/


Jan. 22, 2019, 9:00PM

      • Chicago Balinese Gamelan is a community-centered ensemble that aims to create high-intensity, exciting, quality performances while introducing and engaging communities with Indonesian culture, music and dance through performances, lectures and interactive workshops. Kate Raney’s (Sponsored Artist Summer 2011) films combine live action and animation to investigate representation and process in the digital age. Films by Jeremy Bessoff contain a mixture of hand-made experimental animation and digital video. Matthew Shelton’s (Sponsored Artist Fall 2016) intricately patterned designs of his lightboxes inform and further the layered poly-rhythms of his mbira-based songs, resulting in bodies of work in two separate mediums that resonate with a singular vision. Guitarist and sound artist Cinchel (Sponsored Artist Fall 2018) DJs throughout the night.
      • http://highconceptlabs.org/event/hideout3/

Jan. 29, 2019, 9:00PM

    • Aram Han Sifuentes (Sponsored Artist Spring 2018) is a fiber, social practice, and performance artist who works to claim spaces for immigrant and disenfranchised communities. N.N.N. Cook (Sponsored Artist Winter 2013) lives and works in St. Louis. A sound artist, graphic designer, and visual artist, Nathan is a member of Close/Far, an artists’ collective and recording label. dropshift dance shows an excerpt of At Our Edges, a work-in-development that explores an adaptable, physical state and connection to the natural world and its processes of life and death. Sound artist and analogue synth whiz Anthony Janas DJs.
    • highconceptlabs.org/event/hideout4


About High Concept Laboratories NFP

High Concept Labs is an innovative arts service organization that seeks to transform the creative sector by opening pathways between artists and communities, creating a space that embraces risk, and providing the support that enables artists to flourish.


HCL is supported in part by the generosity of The National Endowment for the Arts, The Chicago Community Trust, The Joyce Foundation, The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Illinois Arts Council Agency, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation,

The Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation, The Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, The Martha Struthers Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation, N.A., The Norwottuck Charitable Trust, The Samuel J. Baskin Charitable Trust, Mana Contemporary Chicago and individual donors.